Olympic marathon swimming

20 08 2008

One of the most overlooked – and daunting – Olympic disciplines is marathon swimming: a 10k, open water swim race with no fewer than 16 turn buoys in the algae infested water of the Shunyi Rowing-Canoeing Park. In between fighting for position, and literally beating the crap out of each other, the 25 competitors also manage to eat and drink at feeding stations. Here are the rules (from 10kswimming.com):

1. Spot and Seek (as the swimmer approaches the feeding pontoon).
2. Reach and Roll (as the swimmer grabs the cup or bottle).
3. Gulp and Go (within 2-3 seconds while on one’s back).
4. Toss and Turn (as the swimmer throws the cup away and turns to go).

Unfathomable.

PS: Go Brian Ryckeman!

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